The findings of your ferreting may suggest something else.
You say that Malaysia has a registration system for environmental
consultants but is perceived to have a poor record of environmental
Could it be that to achieve registration in Malaysia, a company must
have certain political credentials?
Could it be that a registration system in Australia could apply
pressure in that direction too?
What reason do we have to assume that a large prestigious registered
company that has invested in its 'Brand' will do a better job
technically than a small company?
I cant see how registration would change Chris Brandis' experience.
More likely to entrench the 'safe' option of citing an established
name rather than a little known local (sorry Chris).
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On 22/06/2009, at 6:54 PM, Carl Clifford wrote:
It seems I started a discussion on a subject that some members of B-
A feel passionately about. Interestingly, there has not been a post
against the subjects I raised. A couple of respondents thought that
I had used too wide a brush in including all consultants, which I
did not intend, I actually was referring to those consultants whose
work might potentially have a negative effect on the Public Good.
In areas where the consultancy may have an adverse effect on
Private Goods, well I think it should remain a case of caveat
emptor, perhaps with the exception of the various forms of
The reason I asked the original questions is that my curiosity was
piqued by a ferret through the Malaysian Department of
Environment's web site on another matter. I noticed on their home
page http://www.doe.gov.my/ , links which led to pages for
Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultant registration,
listings of registered environmental consultants and listings of
EIA reports for public review, etc. Here is a country which many
Australians regard as less than proactive on the environment, often
justifiably, with an environmental consultant registration scheme
and a process for the public to be able to review reports drawn up
by these consultants, yet in Australia, nothing.
I was pleased to see that many in the environmental consultancy
industry seem to agree that some form of institutionalisation of
the industry is necessary, as is public access to consultants'
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